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Jerk Seasoned Chicken Wraps

This went over BIG with my family tonight! If you've got a grill, by all means cook the chicken on the grill. I buy my "Jamaican Jerk" seasoning blend in bulk at a local health food store. There are quite a few recipes online if you want to mix your own.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

  • 2 cups broccoli coleslaw mix (or your preferred coleslaw veggie mixture)

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Caribbean/Jamaican jerk seasoning

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 4 flour tortillas


Directions

Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl. Toss with coleslaw mix, tomato, and jalapeño. Set aside.

Rub chicken with jerk seasoning.

If grilling, apply some oil to your grill rack with a brush or paper towel and grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.

If broiling, apply oil to a baking sheet and broil, 4 inches from heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.

With either cooking method, let meat stand 5 minutes before slicing thinly.

Warm tortillas and place one-quarter of sliced chicken in the center of each tortilla. Top with one-quarter of coleslaw and roll up.

Peach Lassi

A lovely cooling drink, excellent on the side of these somewhat spicy wraps.

Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peaches

  • 3 cups cold water

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • pinch salt

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • dash ground cardamom

  • dash black pepper

  • dash cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions

Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth and frothy.
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Turkey-Avocado-Cream Cheese Wraps

I was supposed to make Mongolian Beef tonight, but it's hot (still 95° at 7pm, with a heat index of 104.1°!) and I do not feel like being anywhere near the stove, especially not as hot as it gets cooking in a cast iron wok!!

So I ran to the store for the few ingredients I needed to make up the difference for these easy-peasy wraps. I like to serve them with tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Please note that technically this should make four servings - 2 ounces of meat is a serving, after all. However, if you let your family build their own, they'll probably put in way more meat than that! ;)

Prep: 10 minutes (but plan ahead to soften your cream cheese on the countertop)
Cook: ZERO!!
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  1. 2 medium ripe avocados, seeds removed, flesh scraped out of the skins and mashed in a small bowl

  2. 1/4 to 1/2 of a red onion, chopped (make these pretty small pieces)

  3. 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced

  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced

  5. 2 tablespoons (or more, to taste) chopped cilantro

  6. 1 tablespoon lime juice

  7. dash of black pepper

  8. salt to taste

  9. 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened

  10. 1 ripe Roma tomato, chopped (small pieces again!)

  11. 4 large ("burrito size") tortillas

  12. 4 leaves from a head of green leaf lettuce

  13. 1/2 pound sandwich-sliced smoked turkey


Directions

Combine ingredients 1-7. (This is my basic guacamole recipe, with the tomatoes added in. You can use more jalapeño or a serrano if you like it hotter. Red bell peppers are also a nice addition.)

Add softened cream cheese and mix/mash together well. Stir in tomato.

Note: You could also just toss all of these ingredients together in a food processor.

Spread guacamole mixture on one side of each tortilla. Cover with a lettuce leaf and add turkey slices. Roll up tightly, slice in half, and serve immediately.
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Well, folks, something's got to give for me! Between being in school full-time and taking care of my family full-time and trying to maintain my physical and emotional health, I need to find ways to cut myself some slack.

So I'm doing an "investment cooking" thing. I'm going to start off with cooking three meals tomorrow, and then four meals the day after that. You might choose to cook it all in one day, or you might choose to just cook any of these recipes for dinner one night, freezing half for another day. However you do it, the idea here is to minimize your efforts and maximize your output. It doesn't take twice as much effort to make a double-batch of something, which you can then freeze all or half of for another meal.

When serving these pre-cooked frozen meals, try adding a crisp salad, crusty bread, and a simple dessert like ice cream or fresh fruit... depending on what the meal is, of course. It just takes moments to add such a simple touch, but it will make a world of difference.

Investment Cooking: Plan Day 1


(Sensational Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Turkey Chili, and Chicken Milano)
  • Chop & Prepare:
    • Slice 2 pounds of sirloin steak into thin strips (if you didn't have it sliced at the store).
    • Slice 1 pound of fresh mushrooms thinly.
    • Seed 2 bell peppers and cut into strips.
    • Seed and dice 2 bell peppers.
    • Slice 2 medium onions.
    • Dice 2 medium onions.
    • Coarsely chop 14 cloves garlic.
    • Dice 4 medium carrots.
    • Dice 4 Anaheim chile peppers.
    • Dice 4 jalapeño peppers.
    • Chop one cup of sun-dried tomatoes.
    • Chop 4 tablespoons fresh basil.
  • Start the Sensational Cheese Steak Sandwiches
    • Heat 4 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the sirloin strips and cook until browned. Add the mushrooms, the bell pepper strips, the sliced onions, and 4 cloves of the garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables start to become tender, about 5 minutes.
    • In a slow-cooker, combine 4 cups of beef broth with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup dry red wine.
    • Transfer the beef and vegetables to the slow cooker and stir to blend. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, until beef is extremely tender.
    • Clean and dry skillet for later.
  • Start the Turkey Chili
    • While beef and vegetables are cooking in the slow-cooker, get out your big heavy-bottomed soup pot.
    • Heat 4 tablespoons oil in soup pot over medium heat. Begin to brown 2 pounds of ground turkey in the oil. Add the diced onions, carrots, bell peppers, 6 cloves of garlic, and the chile peppers. Continue to cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened (about 7 minutes).
    • Add 1/4 cup chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 4 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder. Stir for 30 seconds, but be sure not to let the spices scorch.
    • Stir in 4 cans pinto beans, a 29-ounce can tomato sauce, a 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, 2 cups beef broth, and 3 cups frozen corn.
    • Bring to a high simmer. Lower heat and simmer, partially covered, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  • Start the Chicken Milano
    • While chili is cooking, in a large saucepan over low heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter; add 4 cloves garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 1-1/2 cups of chicken broth; increase to medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender. Add 2 cups heavy cream and bring to a boil; stirring. Simmer over medium heat until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
    • While sauce is simmering, sprinkle 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 4 tablespoons oil and sauté chicken. Press on chicken occasionally with a slotted spatula. Cook for about 4 minutes per side or until the meat feels springy and is no longer pink inside. Transfer to a cutting board; cover and keep warm. Discard the fat from the skillet.
    • In the same skillet, over medium heat, bring 1/4 cup chicken broth to a boil; stirring the pan juices. Reduce slightly and add to the cream sauce; stir in basil and adjust seasonings to taste.
    • Clean saucepan for later.
  • Returning to the Turkey Chili
    • Remove bay leaves, divide into separate freezer containers, and let cool. When cool enough, freeze. (If you are serving Turkey Chili for tonight's dinner, keep one of the containers refrigerated for dinnertime.)
    • Clean soup pot for later.
  • Returning to the Chicken Milano
    • Divide chicken and sauce between two freezer containers, and let cool. When cool enough, freeze. (If you are serving Chicken Milano for tonight's dinner, keep one of the containers refrigerated for dinnertime.)
  • Returning to the Sensational Cheese Steak Sandwich
    • Remove the beef and vegetables from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Divide the beef and vegetables between two separate freezer containers; divide broth between the two containers. Let cool, then freeze. (If you are serving Sensational Cheese Steak Sandwiches for tonight's dinner, keep one of the containers refrigerated for dinnertime.)
  • What are you serving for tonight's dinner?
    • If you're serving Sensational Cheese Steak Sandwiches for dinner:
      • If you're starting from frozen, remove from freezer to defrost about 24 hours beforehand. Follow food safety rules for safe defrosting!
      • An hour and a half before you want to serve dinner:
        • Preheat oven to 400°F.
        • Wash and scrub 4 medium baking potatoes with cold water; prick deeply with a fork several times and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
        • Increase oven temperature to 450°F.
        • Return beef, vegetables, and broth to a saucepan. Warm over medium until heated through.
        • While heating, slice a loaf of French bread lengthwise like a sub sandwich. Combine the 1/2 cup prepared horseradish and 1/2 cup brown mustard; spread onto the inside of the loaf. Overlap five slices of provolone on either side of the loaf.
        • Remove beef and vegetables from broth with a slotted spoon. Fill the loaf with the beef and vegetables.
        • Cool for 15 minutes before cutting in half lengthwise and then into wedges.
        • Brush potato wedges with olive oil and place skin-side down on a baking sheet. Set aside.
        • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Sprinkle over potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
        • Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Keep hot.
        • Close the loaf. For a sandwich with soft bread, wrap with aluminum foil; for a crustier bread, don't wrap. Bake for 10-15 minutes alongside the potatoes. Slice into servings and serve with the broth for dipping with your Saloon Fries on the side.
    • If you're serving Turkey Chili for dinner:
      • If you're starting from frozen, remove from freezer to defrost about 24 hours beforehand. Follow food safety rules for safe defrosting!
      • Heat in slow cooker or soup pot until hot enough to serve.
      • Serve with cornbread; or over noodles for "Cincinnati Style" chili; or with tortilla or corn chips, sour cream, grated cheese, etc. for "Frito Pie" chili.
    • If you're serving Chicken Milano for dinner:
      • If you're starting from frozen, remove from freezer to defrost about 24 hours beforehand. Follow food safety rules for safe defrosting!
      • Reheat chicken and sauce in covered skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often to avoid scorching. Add milk if sauce is too thick.
      • While chicken is reheating, prepare an 8-ounce package of dried fettuccine according to package directions.
      • Serve chicken and sauce over noodles, topped with freshly grated Parmesan.
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Bonus! You get three recipes here. The Pulled Pork, the Mac & Cheese, and the Scrapple I'm making with the leftovers today.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I generally serve this delicious pulled pork on whole wheat hamburger buns with a cold salad like coleslaw or pasta salad. Also fabulous (in my opinion!) with baked macaroni & cheese on the side. Other bread choices include pitas, tortillas, Kaiser rolls, etc. The leftovers make amazing nachos, burritos, enchiladas, and scrapple.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 9 hours
Stand: 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (3-4 pounds), netted or tied

  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed French Onion Soup

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • dash (or more, to taste) of cayenne or habañero

  • 12 sandwich rolls


Directions

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork roast (keeping the netting on) and cook until well-browned all over. While the pork is browning, combine the soup, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne in your slow cooker. Whisk to combine well. Add pork and turn it to coat.

Cover and cook on low heat for 9 hours. Every hour or two, I like to use a pair of tongs to turn the roast over and spoon some of the sauce over it.

Remove the pork from the cooker and let stand in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Using two forks, shred the pork (that's the "pulled" bit) right in the bowl. Return to the cooker and stir. Spoon onto sandwich rolls.


Maka's Macaroni & Cheese

This is my personal favorite homemade baked mac & cheese. Everybody else seems to love it too.

Cook: 10 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces large elbow pasta

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk, divided

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 teaspoons spicy mustard (I like using a horseradish mustard)

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, but about one minute shorter than the shortest recommended time.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour a little at a time until you have a thick golden paste. Slowly whisk in half of the milk, a little at a time, and continue whisking until you have a thick white sauce.

Place softened cream cheese and remaining cup of milk in a microwave-safe container (I use my 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup) and heat briefly - don't let the milk boil - and then whisk until smooth. Whisk into the white sauce, adding the salt, pepper, and mustard. Cook until thickened.

Stir together pasta, 1-1/2 cups cheddar, Parmesan, and sauce. Spread in a 2-quart baking dish, top with the remaining cheddar, and bake for 15-20 minutes. I like to turn the broiler on for the last minute or two so the top gets a little more browned.


Damn, That's Good Scrapple!

Scrapple is an old Amish breakfast dish intended to use up leftover scraps of meat, especially pork. It's golden and crispy outside, soft and tasty on the inside. Delicious.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Chill: 4 hours or more
Cook: 30 minutes or so
Servings: 12

Ingredients
  • 1 pound leftover pulled pork, chopped fine

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 2 cups chicken broth (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 2 cups hot water)

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried or 3/4 teaspoon fresh herbs of your choice - thyme & sage are traditional but you can totally get creative

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil, or as needed


Directions

Combine pork, cornmeal, broth, herbs, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to the lowest possible simmer and cook for 20 minutes or more - until very thick. You will need to stir almost constantly and be very watchful - it will scorch on the bottom very easily. Line a loaf pan with waxed paper, letting the paper extend several inches above the top of the pan. Spoon cornmeal mixture into the pan, spreading evenly. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. If you're serving the scrapple for breakfast, just chill overnight.

Use waxed paper to help remove molded scrapple from loaf pan. Cut into 3/8-inch thick slices. Heat oil in large skillet. Combine flour and pepper, dredge each scrapple slice in flour and fry in hot oil until browned on both sides.

Serve with butter and maple syrup, applesauce, ketchup, or fried eggs.
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Peppery Artichoke Pitas

These are my husband's favorite dinner - if I don't make them once a week, he complains I'm not making them often enough. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to keep the ingredients on hand all the time. The original recipe was vegetarian - but my husband thinks he needs meat at every meal. <grins> I've added other veggies in the past with great success - sliced fresh mushrooms, diced or sliced red bell pepper, sliced red onion, etc.

Sometimes we serve these all by themselves - there's protein, veggies, and bread. Sometimes with a pasta salad, coleslaw, or chips on the side. What would you serve them with?

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30-45 minutes if cooking the chicken, otherwise none
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cook them as directed here or just use leftover ones, even canned chicken will work)

  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Spike or similar seasoning blend

  • 1 can great northern beans, rinsed well and drained

  • 1 can quartered artichokes, rinsed well and drained

  • 1/2 cup torn spinach leaves

  • 1/4 cup creamy garlic or Caesar salad dressing

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 pita rounds


Directions

If you're using chicken and it's not already cooked, put your chicken breasts in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Add the bouillon, garlic powder, and Spike. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a high simmer, and cook until chicken is done in the middle and tender enough to shred easily.

Remove chicken from water and either dice or shred the chicken. In a large bowl, toss chicken with remaining ingredients except pitas. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, and salad dressing.

Cut the top 1 to 1-1/2 inches off one of the pita rounds. Very gently open the pocket of bread. Dice the piece of pita you cut off. Spoon the salad into the pita, filling about halfway. Put in the diced pita pieces, then fill the rest of the way with salad. Repeat with each pita.
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